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Plot: Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that… Runtime: 98 min Release Date: 22 Nov 1971
a classic Brit film of the early seventies,Villain remains a superbly made and well crafted example of pure villainy and layered characters making the best of the likes of Burton,McShane,Davenport and Acland. It opens with a gritty murder of some shady character who has crossed Richard Burton,who plays Vic Dakin,the central crook, who embarks on a wages snatch which goes horribly wrong,and ends with Dakins comeuppance at the hands of the law. With Jaguars and Zodiacs, seedy nightclubs and a dash of homosexuality,Villain makes at times uneasy watching and yet with Burton it remains compulsive. <more>
It has echoes of James Cagney and his 'Ma' in White Heat,as Vic Dakin and his Mother exercise a ring of steel midst crooks and cops. Watch it, enjoy it and savour the whole meal of man and mob.It is on video but still scarce to find, DVD is long overdue.
In 1967, Stanley Baker produced and starred in 'Robbery' - a good film, but rather tame in its depiction of the London underworld. It was, in essence, not far removed from the well-mannered British crime dramas of the 50's/early 60's, such as 'The Frightened City'. But by 1971 - also the year of 'Get Carter' - everything had changed. Crooks fired off expletives as often as bullets, people got brutally killed, women were badly treated, policemen fought fire with fire, everything was done on a more realistic level. And was all the better for it. One of the <more>
reasons for the change was that, with 'Bonnie & Clyde' and 'The Dirty Dozen', audiences got used to violent movies. Also the Kray brothers had been put away, and the story of their reign of terror both fascinated and chilled the nation.Directed by Michael Tuchner, 'Villain' starred Richard Burton as 'Vic Dakin', a sadistic gang boss who plans to rob a plastics factory. He is being shadowed by 'Matthews' Nigel Davenport of New Scotland Yard. Dakin is not the sort of man you want to find in your house when you come home - he's liable to beat you up, cut you with a razor, and get his henchman to tie you to a chair and leave it outside the top of a block of flats. He is devoted to his mother Cathleen Nesbitt , so he's not all bad. But he is having a gay relationship with one of his men - 'Wolfe Lissner' Ian McShane . Vic is in the habit of beating Wolfe before having his way with him. Politicians? Vic has them in his pocket, such as 'Gerald Draycott' Donald Sinden , who seems to spend more time in bed with women than at the Commons. It gave Burton one of his best acting roles in years, even though his London accent drifts from time to time in the direction of the Welsh valleys. He had the good fortune to be surrounded by class actors of the calibre of T.P. MacKenna, Joss Ackland, Colin Welland, James Cossins, Del Henney, and Tony Selby. Fiona Lewis - cast as Wolfe's girl 'Venetia' - gets plenty of chances to show off what she later termed her 'farinaceous colleen face' as well as her bosom. Sheila White and Cheryl Hall are seen fleetingly as a pair of girls who witness the factory robbery at close range.Adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais from the book 'The Burden Of Proof' by James Barlow read it. Its brilliant. , but do not expect to find too much 'Porridge'-type comedy here. 'Villain' is a good gangland drama, and also works as a study of corruption in high society. It is just a pity that Burton went back to doing Hollywood films afterwards, including the horrendous 'Exorcist 2 - The Heretic', a shocking waste of his talent.
Richard Burton *The-One&-Only* In Command (by mhantholz)
"Giants of mighty bone"---MiltonThis film is a one-off oddity: Richard Burton as the *central dominating* figure. It is forgotten today that *most* of Richard Burton's films were ensemble-type films. "Lead" though he was nominally, he was actually playing the *alpha male* in an all-star cast: "The Robe", "Cleopatra", "The V.I.P.s", "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf","The Wild Geese", etc. The only films in which he was the *dominant lead* recently previous to this were "Spy Who Came In From The Cold" and the <more>
way-under-rated "The Comedians" in which he starts out as merely another in all-star cast and through his magnetic high-voltage star power winds up as the hypnotic center-of-gravity. And with Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov and the rest in top form,that was hard to do---but Burton does it. *This* film has no such "movie stars", just a top-notch supporting cast of solidly reliable actors who really *deliver* for a first-time director. Burton was very kind to Tuchman and extended himself to the young neophyte, for which he remains eternally grateful.Burton unlimbers his carnivorous acting chops playing a crime-boss born bad and getting worse daily. Again, the lesson is learned: *This* is the Real Deal, This is *how it's done*--- Richard Burton drunk phoning- it-in is superior by whole-number orders-of-magnitude than any body else, then *or* now. And in this one he's *not*---this is a fully- committed, full-blooded star-turn of a type not seen today : It's out of fashion---which is why today's crime films are nothing but *fashion shoots* on the down-low with the "actors" displaying their "instrument", so dainty and lady-like. I saw this on the Deuce 42nd St. NYC, when it came out---I can't remember what it was with: How could I, with Burton as the *Do-What-I-Say-Or-I'll-Kill-You* psychopath in top form, a lesson and a rebuke to today's mutts and frauds play-acting on camera. Burton on a BIG screen is a wonder, a delight and a revelation---who of today's performers can hold a candle to this man---that's *MAN*. The perpetual adolescents on-screen today with their Tourette Syndrome-like take on the *business* of acting are boneless and deflated fakes, moist-&-fluffy poseurs---laughable compared to the *mighty* Richard Burton.Yes, *mighty* in the dictionary sense: "Having great power or authority; extraordinary; wonderful; denoting an extraordinary degree or quality in respect of size, character, importance, consequences". Does that describe any of the comical nonentities up there today ? Over to *you* !Finally, chew on *this*: Richard Burton NEVER GOT AN Oscar. Think about that next time you're watching an Oscar telecast. Isn't that a *howler* ? James MASON never got one, either. Edward G. ROBINSON not only never got an Oscar, he was *never even nominated*. Cary GRANT never got one---that "Lifetime Achievement Award", after he'd retired from acting, was a *sop* to "one of the greatest film stars, ever" Michael Caine, TCM because the lack of a Best Actor Oscar to Grant during his working years had become an *open scandal* in the Hollywood film community. Robert RYAN never got one. Boris KARLOFF not only never got one, he was never nominated either. ***BORIS KARLOFF***, if you please ! The list of non-winners is like an *Honor Roll* of Hollywood's all-time greats. For many decades now "The Academy's" awards have had all the significance of winning a regional beauty pageant. It's become like the Special Olympics of the film world, "awards" doled out by a coven of communists, witches, junkies and perverts on the basis "right-minded political views". There is NO observable difference between the "Academy" awards and "awards" from Sundance, Seattle, San Francisco or Outfest *snicker* .So let's *do honor* to the memory of the mighty Richard Burton and *savor* his legacy---he is one of ***The Immortals*** !And may God be praised !Cheers !
Realistic well acted overlooked crime film (by HEFILM)
Based probably on the real life villains, THE KRAYS, who at the time were still at large. Richard Burton wanted to do the role both because it was as far from anything else he'd done and because he played a gay small time criminal. Though gay is the last word you'd use to describe his character in the film. It's tough realistic crime film, in the same league as, though of course not the commercial success that the later film THE LONG GOOD Friday would be.Burton is excellent, totally realistic, frightened and frightening. The on location filming is well done the supporting cast <more>
also on target. It is not an amped up gangster film, though there is plenty of violence and a smattering of nudity it all serves to convince you of the real world of crime in the London of 1970. It was shot in 2:35 so full frame videotapes, the only way to see it, crop the image, but though you're missing something it's worth seeing anyway you can. It has the sparse use of music and realistic tough language that made all 70's cinema real and fresh at the time, though it ages very well.One of Burton's best performances, award caliber stuff, but too strong for critics of the day as a film. For Burton fans it's a must see as it is for Film Noir buffs. Seek it out.
Villain. Better Than Get Carter Shock?!! (by allthecurrans)
Villain was one of those films I vaguely remember seeing as a youngster in the Seventies. An 'after News At Ten' film on my very first black and white portable, knowing that it was just the sort of film a ten year old should not be watching. What I always remembered was the powerful ending with Burton screaming into the camera 'Who are you looking at?' Catching up with the film in later years I found that it was the very atmosphere that made it so memorable. Always compared with Get Carter another favourite I found that Villain seemed to enjoy higher production values whilst <more>
still maintaining the seedy underbelly of Seventies London life. I have often read that this 'seedy' tag has proved to be a turn off for some reviewers, but if you read the excellent James Barlow novel that the film was adapted from, you would see that Villain, the actors and in particular, Burton are very faithful to the text. Vic Dakin is a terrifying monster and although the cockney accent does seem strange at first, repeat viewings reveal a truly compelling character study. OK, so he was supposed to be on two bottles of vodka a day back then, but by God does he look like a real hard bastard?! The use of the grim locations, the lavish but contemporary score, the supporting cast and the realism of such scenes as the powerful wages snatch still bloody violent by today's standards! and the final confrontation, all combine to make a totally compelling film. Personally, it is a real favourite and for anyone in their thirties, it is also a slice of Seventies social comment stuffed full of great British character turns and a tough, realistic gangster thriller. Criminally underrated, hard to find on video and no DVD as such. Try to catch it one night, just after News At Ten!
Villain is directed by Michael Tuchner and adapted to the screen by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Al Lettieri from the novel The Burden of Proof written by James Barlow. It stars Richard Burton, Ian McShane, T.P. McKenna, Donald Sinden, Nigel Davenport, Fiona Lewis, Joss Ackland, Cathleen Nesbitt, Colin Welland and Tony Selby. A Panavision/Technicolor production, music is by Jonathan Hodge and cinematography by Christopher Challis.Ruthless London gangster Vic Dakin Burton agrees to orchestrate the robbery of a wages van. However, when it is requested for him to work with another <more>
gangster's firm, Dakin is less than enthused, especially as his private life is hanging heavy on his shoulders.1971 saw the release of the magnificent Get Carter, surely a benchmark film in the pantheon of British neo-noirs. The year also witnessed Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange bursting forth to bother the tabloids and gnaw away at the paying public's conscious, there really was something stirring In the violent belly of Blighty. There was also another very violent British film out in 71, Villain, a criminally overlooked slice of grim Britannia.Richard Burton, he a bastion of rugged masculinity and hard drinking legends, is here playing a sadistic homosexual gangster with a paunch. He is not beyond using a razor to enact retribution on a squealer, or to beat his boyfriend Wolfie Lissner McShane before making love to him, but he loves his mother beyond compare though! This was a tough sell to Burton fans one would think, which may go some way to explaining why it disappeared quickly and has still to this day been largely consigned to cult status appraisals only. In fact some of the more intimate scenes between Burton and McShane were cut, so the supposed fall out could have been worse. I say supposed because there's conflicting stories as to how the film actually performed at the box office Viewing it now reveals Villain to be a biting piece of British cinema, often uncompromising and filled to the brim with character's either damaged or carrying around some sort of affliction or kinky trait. It is pure neo-noir, both in characterisations and narrative drive. Dakin is a maelstrom of tortured emotions, his anger issues frightening but off set by his mother fixation. Wolfie is a bisexual pimp and in a rut, Gerald Draycott Sinden is the MP with a thirst for sex getting in deeper than he can handle and on it goes. Thug with an ulcer, hapless girlfriends, snitch, blackmail, murder, violence unbound, nudity, sadism and two hard bastard coppers not beyond giving someone a few lumps to get what they need.Then of course there is the robbery itself, a chase and heist sequence of events that are excellently constructed by the makers. The script pings with menacing humour and the writers have a good ear for London dialogue. The London backdrops are classic early 70s monuments and iconic period points of interest, all photographed in that grubby low key way that sits perfectly with the unfolding story. Cast is a who's who of British actors of the time, and all perform well up to standard to make this a riveting and potent viewing experience. There were some complaints about Burton's accent, but it really isn't that bad and only becomes noticeable when he is called on to shout. Burton is great, a bold role gets a bold performance and it is definitely one of his most under valued turns.Not as brill as Get Carter, but it's something of a must see for any fan of British gangster films, while it actually makes for the perfect companion piece to Michael Caine's magnum opus. 8.5/10
The start of many tough gangster films over the 70s. (by joegranby)
British gangster films have always been with us, but in the case of this very rare and hardly ever shown on TV classic, VILLAIN was to be the real start of many vicious gangster films to follow. For some insane reason Richard Burton never got any real film awards for any films he did. His films were very varied indeed. And it probably came as a shock to many when he stepped into the role of vicious London crime boss Vic Dakin. It's a performance with such frightening menace, that you wonder why this film is not shown more on television. It is also not on DVD and videos of the movie are <more>
hard to find, or of a very high price sold by collectors who wish to make a profit on this very rare gem. People go on and on about Get Carter, another great film, and I agree on it also being a classic, but for me Villain is just as good. If you can watch this film and can get hold of a copy, I urge you to do so. You won't be disappointed.
Little Caesar looks like Gandhi next to Burton's "Villain" (by AlsExGal)
This is a gritty, urban, British gangster film. The Long Good Friday can trace itself to this film. Much akin to the Michael Caine film, "Get Carter", which was released around the same time. It was a forerunner to the current crop of British gangster films, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake. Burton is the Villain of the title. He's the 'gov'ner of a group of west end thugs. Burton transforms himself in this film. He is pure evil and malice and as compelling to watch as a snake.The action in the film is propelled by a factory payroll robbery - <more>
its planning and its aftermath. There is big money at stake, but this type of crime is a bit out of Vic Daykin's Burton's league. His gang is usually into protection/extortion rackets. Plus he is relying on the discretion of a mousy and resentful middle aged low ranking clerical worker at the factory who feels unappreciated by his wife and employer and doesn't have a problem helping Daykin with insider information.Burton is fantastic in this role. There is extreme tension and especially violence here, so it might not be for everybody. Daykin is paranoid of everybody, enjoys beating people up with his bare hands just for the fun of it, and seems to hate/mistrust women to the extreme with the exception of his elderly mother to whom he is very gentle.Only one gaping plot hole that I could find, and that was Daykin bringing the two outside mobsters in on the payroll job. If, he in fact "doesn't know anything about their boys", and he trusts his own guys as much as this guy is going to trust anybody, why would somebody as paranoid as he bring outsiders in on the biggest job of his life? I'd recommend it. Just remember if you are accustomed to lots of introspective angst and dialogue from Burton, you don't really get that here. It is not that kind of film.
Harshly Overlooked.. Great Brit Crime Flick (by andymcneill75)
Villain is a harshly overlooked and much maligned British crime film which is up there with some the 70s best of it's type, it can hold it's head up there alongside Get Carter and The Long Good Friday. Richard Burton is great as sadistic gay cockney gangster Vic Dakin and although people have a go at him for his accent he actually pulls off being a more believable gangster than a lot of others try to and can't. He's got some great lines and takes to beating up quiet a few people while caring for his mother and planning a daring robbery alongside some other goons. A lot of <more>
great British character actors turn up and all add fun to the film such as Joss Ackland who only eats eggs as he's got an ulcer!! , T.P. McKenna, Del Henney and Colin Welland all later seen in Straw Dogs , Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden as a sleazy MP , Ian McShane as Burton's boyfriend Wolf and Fiona Lewis as Wolf's bit on the side and she is hot!! . There's a lot of great banter and good acting in this film along with a nice script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and a cracking funky odd soundtrack by Jonathan Hodge. Look out for a super robbery scene which also includes the use of a Jif lemon thingy to squirt in a guard's eyes and a well-staged police hospital break-out of Joss Ackland's character Lowis!Overall an entertaining crime film that has been overlooked but has inspired a lot of other films and deserves to be seen, Richard Burton was great in this!!